Japan Suspends Imports from US Beef Plant

US - The government said Wednesday it has suspended beef imports from a U.S. plant after two packages of chilled beef were found to contain spinal columns, a risk material for mad cow disease.
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The two packages were among 16 tons of U.S. beef flanks and other parts in 810 packages that arrived at a port in Tokyo from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC's plant in Kansas, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Spinal columns were found when the Animal Quarantine Service examined 28 of the 810 packages Tuesday. No risk materials for the disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, were found in the remaining 808 packages.

Source: Kyodo News

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